A projecting member left by cutting away the wood around it, and made to insert into a mortise, and in this way secure together the parts of a frame; especially, such a member when it passes entirely through the thickness of the piece in which the mortise is cut, and shows on the other side.

Tenon saw, a saw with a thin blade, usually stiffened by a brass or steel back, for cutting tenons.

Origin: F, fr. Tenir to hold. See Tenable.

(01 Mar 1998)

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